What is Vuelta?

The Spanish cycling race La Vuelta is one of the three most prestigious cycling races in the world, along with the French Tour de France and the Italian Giro.
Every year the start of the competition is usually takes place in different places – in one of the small towns of Valencia or Andalusia. But the marathon ends always in Madrid: at the intersection of the Avenue Paseo de la Castigliana and Plaza de Cibeles. It was there that the first participants of the competition finished in 1941, and this became a sacred tradition of the race.
The route of the road is also new every year, but it must necessarily contain road sections in the highlands. Between some points athletes are even transported by vehicles. On the official site of the event, the stages of the route are revealed very conveniently so that viewers can join the spectacle on any stretch of the road. Although, of course, the most interesting happens near the end of La Vuelta, when only the strongest compete.

3271 km in the Mountains and Plains

The presentation of the route of Vuelta 2018 has already been made. Among the guests of honor at the presentation were the three-time winner of the Vuelta Alberto Contador, the winner of 2009 Alejandro Valverde, and also three times winner of the Spanish Grand Tour Hoakim Rodriguez.

The route of the 73rd cycling race will start in the south of the country, in Malaga, and is laid along the clockwise direction. In the final week, the Spanish Grand Tour will visit the Basque Country, and the final mountain stages will be held in Andorra.
The total length of the route will be 3271.4 km. In total, the riders will overcome 46 lifts. Among 21 stages 7 are flat, 2 plains with finish in the rise, 10 middle and mountain stages and two individual time races.
For the first time in nine years, Vuelta will start not with a team race, but with 8km long time individual one.
By tradition, the sprint stage in Madrid is the finish of the Vuelta.
Recall that in 2017, Vuelta was won by the British racer Chris Frum. In addition, Vuelta 2017 was the last for the legendary Spaniard Alberto Contador, who announced his retirement.
What surprise wait for us in this year Vuelta? Nobody knows but all the fans of cycling are looking forward to August 25, when the 73th edition of the vuelta españa will depart from Málaga.

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